The Crazy Kitchen: Cooking With Your Toddler - American Style Banana Pancakes

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Friday 10 February 2012

Cooking With Your Toddler - American Style Banana Pancakes

Whilst on a holiday to the US a few years ago my eldest two children became a bit partial to American style pancakes. They were quite happy to eat them with just a drizzle of maple syrup but loved them even more with a full American breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausage with the lot smothered in maple syrup...much to my husband's disgust. During our holiday we stayed on a working farm for a few nights where the breakfast each morning consisted of pancakes and some kind of egg dish.

2007 - pancakes on the farm
I've used the recipe for these pancakes ever since and for a while, until weekend sports took over, I would make pancakes and eggs every Saturday or Sunday morning.

Earlier in the week I received an OXO good grips hand held mixer to review so I thought it would be a great opportunity to use it and get Jack involved in making pancakes, ready for Shrove Tuesday.

Banana Pancakes

1 cup plain flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp oil
1 banana, mashed

  • Mix all the ingredients together until well combined, but do not over beat/whisk.
  • Spoon or pour batter (I find it easier to pour from a jug) into a greased non-stick frying pan around 3 inches in diameter
  • When the pancakes are dry around the edges flip them over & fry on the other side until browned

I like to add a teaspoon of cinnamon and sultanas. You could also try blueberries or fruit puree.



The OXO good grips handheld mixer is great for children to use in the kitchen, a good (& safe) alternative to using an electric hand mixer. It's easy to turn the handle (as you can see from Jack's demonstration). The beaters are elevated so that they can still turn even when the whisk is resting on the bottom of the bowl, and there is a release button so that the beaters can be taken off for easy cleaning - or licking!


I was sent the hand mixer to review.

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